Galloping goliards : for contrabass
by Christopher Willcock (2001)
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Library shelf no. 787.5/WIL 1 [Available for loan]
Commissioned in 2000 by the principal contrabassist of the MSO, Steve Reeves, Gallopping Goliards is a light-hearted solo work whose alliterative title caught the composer's fancy and takes its inspiration from the anonymous bands of wandering scholars and clerks (goliards) who travelled the roads of Europe in the late middle ages. A wide-ranging sample of their musico-poetic production is the collection known as Carmina Burana. The present piece, however, uses a melody from another source as its basis, Orientis partibus. Also known as The Song of the Ass, it was used in the liturgical drama held in Beauvais cathedral for the scene of Mary's journey on a donkey in the Christmas narrative. Gallopping Goliards is a loose series of variations on this lively melody.
Instrumentation: Double bass.
Duration: 3 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — AMEB Associate.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Stephen Reeves
Commission note: Commissioned by Stephen Reeves.
First performance: by Stephen Reeves — 7 Jun 03. 2003 Convention of the International Society of Bassists, Richmond, Virginia, USA
Performances of this work
7 Jun 03: 2003 Convention of the International Society of Bassists, Richmond, Virginia, USA. Featuring Stephen Reeves.
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